John brings nearly 40 years of experience in the field of Finance to the Charlotte office of SCORE in his role as a Certified Mentor. He currently serves as the Senior Economic Consultant with VALUANT. John previously served as the Executive Vice President, School of Business Dean, and Professor of Finance at Piedmont College. Over the academic portion of his career, he has taught extensively at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas of corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, financial analysis, data analytics, statistical analysis, business analysis and valuation, portfolio theory and management, and personal financial planning. Prior to joining academia, John spent more than a decade in the commercial banking and investment banking industries. John earned his Ph.D. in Finance and Applied Statistics from Kent State University. He is a published author and frequent speaker in the areas of asset pricing, market volatility, financial risk modeling, economic forecasting, economic development, strategic planning, and business succession planning.